The fallout of the Houston Astros cheating scandal continues as we finally got an apology from a member of that 2017 team…sort of.
Dallas Keuchel, now a member of the White Sox, apologized for the Astros’ actions at SoxFest on Friday. He played for the Astros for the first seven years of his career.
While he apologized for his actions, he also stated that the team didn’t use the tactics every game.
“It’s just what the state of baseball was at that point in time. Was it against the rules? Yes, it was. And I personally am sorry for what’s come about the whole situation,” he said, per The Chicago Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney.
Keuchel added it’s “not like every game we had it going on” when discussing about the club’s cheating. He also shared that he’s spoken with some of his former Astros teammates about the incident, as well as pitcher Mike Fiers revealing the scheme.
“A lot of guys are not happy with the fact that Mike [Fiers] came out and said something or the fact that this even happened. But at the same time, there is some sorrow in guys’ voices.”
On Jan. 13, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a nine-page report detailing how Houston cheated and formally suspended Astros manager and general manager Jeff Luhnow for an entire year. Owner Jim Crane followed that up by firing them both.
The Red Sox and Mets later parted ways with managers Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán after both men were named in MLB’s report.
Cora’s actions reportedly followed him to Boston, which has that team under investigation now.